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WHAT
A sauna is a small room or building designed to experience dry or wet heat sessions. The steam and high heat make the bathers perspire. Infrared therapy is often referred to as a type of sauna, but according to the Finnish sauna organizations, infrared is not a sauna.

WHY
There are numerous benefits linked to the use sauna bathing including reduced risk of sudden cardiac death, cardiovascular disease, and all-cause mortality. Its usage is also associated with lower markers of inflammation in the blood and a reduced risk of high blood pressure.

In addition, it is associated with a decreased risk of pneumonia and may temporarily relieve symptoms of the common cold. It is also associated with a reduced risk of dementia and Alzheimer's disease.

A potential link to these benefits is that the use of a sauna activates heat shock proteins (HSP). These proteins help with proteostasis (the maintenance and management of your body's 20,000 different proteins including 7,000 peptides). 

HOW
Spend 15 - 30 minutes in a hot sauna 3-6 times a week.

Two to three times a week have a massive impact on your overall health.

Four to seven times increase the benefits even more. 


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